5 Star · ARC Review · Bad Boy · Contemporary · Friends to Lovers · Series · Sexy · Slow Burn · Suspense · Thief

Clean to the Bone (Arts & Crimes Book 1) by Heather R. Blair


5 Stars

When the reclusive Charlotte Gracen jumps in to help an injured man who breaks into her apartment, her life as she knows it will never be the same again…

Jake Harris is a man who is living a fast and dangerous life. Reduced to being at the mercy of a stranger, he couldn’t have picked a better apartment to break into… until his presence alone brings his enemies to Charlie’s door…


This book starts with an adrenaline inducing beginning that showcases two brilliantly  written characters whose deep individual losses in their childhoods irrevocably shaped them into the people they are today…

Jake is a delicious Aussie art thief, who most of the time uses his skills for completely legal purposes. But, in the hunt to bring justice to the man responsible for the murder of his mother, Jake and his twin sister ignore every rule that keeps them from their goal. Befriending the woman who rescues him is not a part of his plan, but the incomparable Charlie has a way of making him forget the heartbreak of his past…

Charlie has some deep trust issues. Preferring to live a solitary life, she has little interest in her appearance and doing things to please others. When Jake comes crashing into her apartment and her life, he exposes her to not only two unlikely friendships, but he also brings her secret talent for painting out into the world, and in turn urges her to do something about it.

In the whirlwind of a budding career, a lifestyle change and a tenuous friendship, Charlie’s fear of people always leaving her may take a back seat to a very real threat she is being kept in the dark about. When the fight that Jake has with his enemies coming to a head, the woman he never saw coming may be the only person who can change him and his never ending need for revenge…

I loved this book! It was everything I could have asked for in a story and it is a definite MUST READ. Set in the fascinating world of fine art, this was a satisfying slow burn romance, coupled with a beautiful (and believable) transformation in a very damaged heroine.

Sexy, thrilling and an epic twist that you will. not. see. coming….

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest and unbiased review.

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